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Pollinator Monitoring Scheme (UK)

Thanks go to Sonya )Plot 97B) for suggesting this post.

This citizen science research project gives details of 14 pollinator-friendly flowers and invites participants to monitor plants and visitors in a set square of their plot.

Follow this link to the POMS website.

Break-ins and the Police

The Police visited the site today and spoke with a number of plotters who suffered break-ins to their sheds.

They request that all plotters affected phone in a notification of the event including any damage or losses via the 101 non-emergency number and cite Incident Number CF 0167170718.  This will allow the Police to take a coordinated approach in their response.

 

Bees’ needs abound

Am I right in thinking there have been more bees around this year?  I guess the weather has been to their liking.  However, it’s clear they need all the help we can offer them.  This is Bees’ Needs Week.  Check out these ideas for helping them out.

Party Party!

The GFAA school visits team were invited to Kaimhill for a wee party by the Primary threes and fours who had visited with us this session.  We had a great time, but plotters might want to note their reaction when they found out Peter (Plot 29) would not be able to join us.

Things changed when we said he would be back with the team next time!

Sustaining pollinators

As plotters, we all know the importance of encouraging insect pollinators. The RHS Garden Magazine for July has an interesting article by Kate Bradbury recommending plants from seeds that can give pollinators a big boost.

Kate’s recommendations are:

Borage

Cornflowers

Cosmos

Field Poppy

Honeywort (Cerinthe)

Nasturtium

Scabious

Snapdragon (Antirrhinum)

Sunflower

Viper’s Bugloss (Echium)

Many of these are to be seen on our plots and site.  Can anyone comment or suggest alternatives?

Back copies of RHS Gardening (and other mags) are available in the Octagon.

Read More about pollinators

What did we learn out’a school today?

Lots about growing mushrooms ….

All about muck spreading ….

Weeds make great compost ….

Everybody loves strawberries ….

 

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